Independence Day 2021

“Alice” ECA’s Olympia Ice Resurfacer entered the 2019 Fourth of July Parade driven by “retired” Park Czar Joe Geiss.

The people have spoken! The Fourth of July parade will go on.

WHEN: This year the 4th falls on a Sunday. The parade will start at noon (EST – “Ester Standard Time”). Cars/trucks/floats should arrive to Hartung Hall approximately 11-11:30; others should plan to be there to check-in by 11:45. There’s no registration fee or early sign-up – just check-in the morning of.

WHERE: The parade lines up by Hartung hall – goes past the Golden Eagle, turns left on Village Rd. past the post office, left on Old Nenana and ends at the park.

WHAT ABOUT THE JUDGES? Judges will be hidden along the parade route. Typical bribery is suspended due to COVID – but entrants should be aware that they need to impress the judges in the crowd throughout the entire parade route. Be spectacular everywhere – not just for the judges.

AND AFTER? There will not be a potluck or pig roast at the end (sadly) due to ongoing COVID concerns, unavailability of vaccines for anyone under 12, and an abundance of caution. However family units and “pods” are welcome to picnic in the park following the parade. The ECA will have a booth with information on supporting the park, volunteer opportunities, memberships etc. but we’re toning down some of the traditional post-parade activities.

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Spring Membership Meeting


The annual spring membership meeting will be held virtually on Sunday, April 25 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Use this link to join the meeting:

There is a waiting room enabled – you may experience a brief wait before being added to the meeting. To reduce bandwith please keep your camera off and stay on mute unless ready to speak.

We have a number of very important matters to discuss as a community.

  • Spring work projects and park clean-up
  • New home for “Alice” – our Olympia ice resurfacer
  • Fourth of July – parade yes – picnic? potluck? pig?
  • Ester Fest
  • Community planning
  • Mortgage Meeters
  • Memorials and recognition
  • Plus updates on our accessible outhouse project, financial reports, and more!

Membership can be renewed online using our Square site:

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We’ve upgraded our online payment site!

Did you know that you can make donations, renew/start a membership, pay for reservations and make annual Mortgage Meeter donations online? Checkout the newly updated ECA online payment site. (And become a 2021 Mortgage Meeter today!)

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‘Tis the season to support your community

Today is #Giving Tuesday and organizations across the world are encouraging everyone to consider how they can support their favorite charities and organizations. Like many others, the Ester Community Association felt the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic which forced the cancellation of all our normal fundraisers this year (Chili Feed, Fourth of July, Ester Fest) and led to the cancellation of many events at the Ester Community Park which help pay for the mortgage and maintenance.

There are many ways you can help ECA this year. Go online and renew your membership, become a Mortgage Meeter or submit a contribution. Use our online payment site (Square) to make a donation or renew membership!

Volunteering is a great way to give back too! We always need help maintaining the park, clearing snow from the rink and parking lot, hauling trash, keeping an eye on the outhouses and facilities and keeping the toy collection in check. Your time and assistance mean the world to us and our community.

Thank you for your support and for making the Ester Community the special place it is.

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ECA Fall Membership Meeting


The annual fall membership meeting will be held virtually on Sunday, October 25 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Use this link to join the meeting.

There is a waiting room enabled – you may experience a brief wait before being added to the meeting. To reduce bandwith please keep your camera off and stay on mute unless ready to speak.

We will be electing board members as well as providing updates on the year’s activities. Annual membership must be renewed in order to vote.

Membership can be renewed online using our Square site:

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Drone Footage of Ester Community Park

Our beautiful Ester Park! Drone footage by Ryan Osborne with Mark Simpson.
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2020 Independence Day Celebrations Cancelled

The 2020 Ester Fourth of July parade will be cancelled. We’re sure that the Red Hackle band will return again in the future, as they have for more than 30 years.

The Ester Community Association is canceling the Fourth of July parade and picnic this year in the interest of the health and safety of our community. We love Ester and want to keep you safe. Please know that we regret having to cancel and look forward to future celebrations!

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ECA Spring Updates

Hartung Hall work day Saturday, May 16

Starting at noon on Saturday, May 16 we will have a spring clean-up session at Hartung Hall. Please bring gloves, rakes etc. and help us spruce-up our historic community hall.

We need to:

  • clean out the gutters
  • rake around the hall,
  • pick up any trash
  • wash the windows inside and out
  • vacuum the entry rug
  • check and clean the outhouse
  • paint touch-up inside if need be
  • prepare the deck for staining.

Ester Community Park Clean-up Saturday, May 30th

Park clean-up day will be on Saturday, May 30, 2020 starting at 10 a.m.
Please come help with the annual chores of:

  • raking leaves,
  • general cleanup
  • stage prep
  • weed whacking
  • sweeping the basketball court
  • tree trimming
  • painting
  • organizing
  • and more!

We will post a list of chores on the shed, and you can pick the job that suits you (and your kids) best! 

We have many different areas throughout the park that need work, and can maintain safe distancing if we all keep from working closely with people outside our homes. Food and beverages will be provided for volunteers “take-out” style to picnic in the park.

Please dress for weather and outdoor work, bring rakes, shovels, gloves and a good attitude! This is always a really great day of working together as neighbors to make our Ester Community Park the awesome place we love! Look forward to seeing you there!

ECA Spring Membership Meeting, June 14

We are holding the ECA Spring Meeting outdoors at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 at the Ester Community Park. We have plenty of room for distancing, pending any applicable state health mandates. The board will provide updates on planned projects and improvements, and discuss summer and fall plans. We believe it most unlikely that Fourth of July will be celebrated – not in its traditional form – but would like the opportunity for community input for alternative community engagement.

(TBD) Ester Fest – July 25

While we are still making contingency plans in case we can safely hold a limited Ester Fest July 25, we are likely cancelling the July event. A final decision will be made mid-June.

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It’s time to be counted!

Every ten years, the United States conducts its Census with one big task in mind: to count every resident. The 2020 Census started in Alaska April 1.

The Census is used to determine how federal funds are distributed to communities like ours; how we are represented in Juneau and Washington, DC; and how nonprofits like ours serve the community. For the first time ever, the government will be requesting that households respond to the Census online. In the near future, your household will be receiving a notice from the U.S. Census Bureau that contains instructions for completing the survey. Please look out for the letter and keep it so that you can participate.

The Census offers a unique opportunity to have your voice heard and counted, so make sure you plan to complete the Census in 2020.

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Spring Chili Feed

Chili Feed March 14 2020

Help raise funds to purchase the Ester Community Park!

Saturday March 14, 2- 8 p.m. at the Golden Eagle Saloon

The annual Chili Feed is a celebration of spring in Ester. Go play at the park, or on the hills and trails around Ester, and then join community members for chili, cornbread and dessert at the Golden Eagle. Enjoy live music while you eat!

You must be 21+ or with legal guardian.
Suggested donation $10 individual; $25 family.

Donations of chili, cornbread and desserts are always welcome!!

For more information contact Monique Musick at [email protected] or post questions on the Facebook event or ECA page.

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